And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
(Big sigh) Fall is in the air! It is by far my very favorite season. I must not be alone in this, seems like everywhere I go people are talking about this cool weather, how nice it feels, how great it is to finally have the fire place going, finally getting to break out those jeans.
I think I could be content for it to always be fall! No more summer... that would totally work for me. I don’t like the heat, I don’t like the attire, I don’t like that I NEVER spend the other nine months of the year getting in shape for the attire. Give me a baggy sweater and long pants any day.
Same goes for my life, there are seasons that I LOVE. Let’s keep things just as they are,” I tell God during those times in my life. Kids are in order, marriage is in order, church is good, a little extra money in the bank and everyone is healthy and happy! It’s like everyday is fall!
But inevitably the seasons change. Disaster strikes, hard times come, somebody gets sick, somebody acts human, that unexpected bill shows up in the mail. Like the summer these changes bring oppressive heat that makes me miserable. I find myself suited up in clothing that leaves me feeling much too exposed and vulnerable. Ick!
However I know I desperately need these changes. They bring the elements my spirit requires to grow, to become stronger.
Could you imagine our beautiful world in a constant state of autumn. Sounds pretty, but we would never have the shade of summer leaves, the spring rains that bring necessary growth. Nor would we experience the rest of winter. God uses these seasons in life. I can dread the ones I don’t enjoy or I can learn to allow them to do the much needed work in me.
Rest, when the cold desperation of winter requires it. Spring rains are a blessing that refresh and restore, but wisdom would have me soaking up all I can in preparation for what lies ahead. No matter the season wether you are feeling parched and dry or the winds are rustling and rearranging your leaves know that everyone is needed to strengthen and mature you and allow you to bear fruit.